WICKETKEEPER Chris Cooke has been appointed as Glamorgan’s captain for the County Championship and One-Day Cup.

The 32-year-old will take over the red-ball leadership from Australian seamer Michael Hogan and 50-over captaincy from Colin Ingram, who misses the competition because of the IPL but will continue to call the shots in Twenty20 cricket.

South Africa-born Cooke made his Glamorgan debut in 2011 and has become an influential figure in all three formats, acting as Hogan’s deputy last season.

“I’m delighted to take over the captaincy of the club which is great honour,” said big-hitting Cooke.

“I really enjoyed the experience of being vice-captain last year, so I’m excited to take on the role on a more permanent basis.

“We didn’t reach our potential last season and there is a lot we can improve on, but the boys are a very talented bunch and hopefully we can show that this year by challenging across the competitions and make Wales proud.”

Director of cricket Mark Wallace believes his successor with the Glamorgan gloves is the perfect fit and will allow them to get the best out of 37-year-old Hogan.

He said: “Chris performed well in his role as vice-captain last season, showing good leadership qualities.

“He is a highly-respected member of the squad and this is a perfect time for Chris to take on this extra responsibility as we look to improve on and off the field this season.

“Michael Hogan did a fine job last season in tough circumstances and remains a key part of our leadership group.

“This change will hopefully help us to manage his workload through the season more effectively and ensure that we continue to get the best out of him in the coming years.”